There is an ease to the music that keeps one listening that goes beyond my previous set up. I know it is often said of good digital that it sounds analog but this really does. Last night listening to the Davis/LSO recording of Verdi's Requiem the beginning, Requien Aeternam is sung at a hush and on pretty much everything apart from live that I have heard sounds like voices murmuring but with the 801 in the mix everything is discernible including intakes of breath. Never have I experienced the level of emotion in this pieces as I did last night apart from live and with a very high end speaker set up. I just thought it was a victim of the limits of headphones and portable audio, not the case any more!
I would be very interested Andy to hear your thoughts on the Terra/TU-05 combination, I have a feeling both players have more in common than apart in terms of musicality.